• Released
  • November 7, 2001
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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80

The New York Times

A bleak and powerful work, one we probably need more than ever these days.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Schlaich portrays a society in which some are racists who act cruelly toward the black man, and others, even strangers, go out of their way to help him.
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70

Chicago Reader

By Fred Camper
The fragmented compositions isolate the characters, trapping them in walled-off worlds -- which makes the brief kiss between Otomo and the grandmother all the more touching.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film unfolds like a thriller: The plot moves so inexorably toward its tragic conclusion you can almost hear the clock ticking.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A potent drama.
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63

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Unfortunately, the mind and motivation of Otomo -- remain a mystery.
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50

Variety

By Deborah Young
Not a cheerful watch: It's a shocking portrayal of rampant racism.
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40

Village Voice

By Jessica Winter
The film allots far too much time to the cultural exchange program between the fugitive and his aide, in which Otomo can recap his sorrowful biography to a sympathetic audience surrogate.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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